I am sorry to say that there are casting agents out that blatantly rip off actors. Now don’t get me wrong casting agents are like any other business and need to make a profit to survive. I have no problem with that but it’s the ones (one in particular these days) that offer the “lousiest” rates. In fact the rates they offer teeter on offensive. If I was packing shelves at the local supermarket and needed to take time off to do one of this agents projects it would cost me money.
There are many fine Casting Agencies in Australia, particularly Sydney that are ethical, fair and value their clients. In fact amongst them there are individuals that it’s a privilege to work with.
My gripe is with one particular agent. This agent is not the first and probably not the last to insult actors.
I suggest actors place a higher value on their dignity and say no to these people.
If you are not sure of rates use this link as a guide: Equity Rates Summary